Verbier, Switzerland

For the skiers, Verbier's off-piste (backcountry and/or non-groomed) terrain is some of the most challenging in the world. For those sans skis, there are 12.4 miles of marked and prepared winter hiking trails and well-maintained tobogganing slopes. Verbier is the origin of the St. Bernard dog. In both winter and summer, visitors can walk with the dogs or visit the museum dedicated to the breed in nearby Martigny. Verbier is also in the middle of prime cheese country, so visitors must make sure to sample the cheeses and Switzerland's famous cheese fondue.

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For the skiers, Verbier's off-piste (backcountry and/or non-groomed) terrain is some of the most challenging in the world. For those sans skis, there are 12.4 miles of marked and prepared winter hiking trails and well-maintained tobogganing slopes. Verbier is the origin of the St. Bernard dog. In both winter and summer, visitors can walk with the dogs or visit the museum dedicated to the breed in nearby Martigny. Verbier is also in the middle of prime cheese country, so visitors must make sure to sample the cheeses and Switzerland's famous cheese fondue.

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